The Washington Post has a great story on the downfall of Republican congressman Mark Souder. Anonymous tipsters reportedly called Mark Souder's office (and his opponents) days before the May 4 primary and revealed Souder's affair with staffer Nancy Medows Jackson. The callers also apparently told Souder's opponents that Souder and Jackson met to explore the flaws in abstinence-only education in Indiana state parks.
Souder hired Jackson (who's also married) in 2004. She seems to have spent most of her time interviewing Souder for cable access TV and Internet videos (there are plenty of them). Souder's aides told Minority Leader John Boehner about the affair when they heard about it last week. Boehner spoke to Souder yesterday, and Souder resigned today.
The same year he hired his mistress, Souder told an STD specialist and CDC officer that out-of-wedlock sex ruins lives.
Thankfully, the Concerned Women for America can explain exactly what happened here.
Those of us who have worked with Mark over the years know him to be a kind and thoughtful legislator. If Mark Souder is capable of sexual misconduct, it could happen to anyone. The frat house environment on Capitol Hill does nothing to encourage accountability. Most Members do not live with their families while they are working in D.C. during the week and have even ditched common rules of etiquette that even major corporations follow such as office doors with windows or careful examination of employee/boss interaction.
It was the "frat house environment on Capitol Hill" that forced Rep. Mark Souder to have sex in Indiana state parks with a woman who lives in Indiana and works at his district office, in Indiana. If only there were windows in the heavily wooded areas near Fort Wayne.